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Oct 6, 2010

No drugs found in parcels confiscated from Diego Witz

It was a sensational case when it was first reported back in May because the cops claimed they found nine pounds of cocaine and detained a well known businessman loaded with cash. The bust by the anti-drug unit, involved a high speed police chase of two cars through Belize City that came to a crashing end on the streets and also today in court. One of the vehicles escaped and during the crash on May nineteenth. ASP Alford Grinage pursued one car and crashed into another, lost consciousness and was briefly hospitalized. The other vehicle was driven by forty-eight year old Diego Witz, a businessman of Corozal and Punta Gorda addresses.

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Witz sat in the front seat and inside his white Ford Escort, police officers found a knapsack containing a black plastic bag with five brown “BOSS” brand parcels suspected to be cocaine and six thousand dollars in US currency. The parcels were weighed and the alleged drugs weighed four point three kilos. Witz was charged with Drug Trafficking and pleaded not guilty. This morning, the case was heard before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer.  The court prosecutor Sergeant Hector Rodriguez, armed with a memo from the DPP’s office, informed the court that the alleged drug had tested negative for cocaine and heroin.  Magistrate Frazer then ordered the charges to be withdrawn.  And after hearing the good news, Witz, with a big smile on his face, proclaimed victory. And though it seems that Witz may have gotten the better of the courts, he was still outwitted. During the course of the proceedings, the businessman had violated his parole, so he was re-incarcerated.  He said that he would have to deal with the parole board to secure his freedom.  So he was placed onto the prison bus and returned to the Belize Central Prison in Hattieville.


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30 Responses for “No drugs found in parcels confiscated from Diego Witz”

  1. Jose Guerra Sr says:

    I wish him the best as he face the parole board i know it will be hard for him with the Mr woods incharge

  2. Kinkriol says:

    OK, let me understand this, the ANTI DRUG UNIT caught this guy with parcels packaged as drugs, the content of the packages were NOT tested at the crime scene or neither at the station (oh, Anti Drug Unit drug test kit was not working). So the Anti Drug Unit was handling packaged flour, white lime….oh sorry baby powder. Poor Belizeans, tell them anything and they believe. Give me break then shut the door from.

    The evidence caretaker made a lot of money or he fell asleep, go figure.

  3. Rizzo says:

    Wow! Only in Belize. I’m curious to know what he was transporting. Maybe flour, corn starch, baby powder, white concrete… Hmmm I think it’s cocaine. Good pay off dude!

  4. Edith says:

    They didn’t test the parcels before taking the case to court? Wow, Idk what’s up with our country. Its not just the courts, its not just the police, its not just the DPP office, if everybody. Another person will b free to go due to a messed up arrest. He violated his parole so he is a repeat offender n obviously he himself thought he had drugs that’s y he ran from the police. We’ve got to follow through with prosecutions if we want to move forward with change in our country.

  5. Earl Grey says:

    Send him to THE PRISON FARM TOO……… maybe he could be a manager or something.

    These prisoners are costing too much…………A PRISON FARM LETS THEM EARN THEIR KEEP.

    I CAN’T AFFORD TO FEED THEM……………….. CAN YOU???

  6. EMS says:

    There is something seriously and fundementally wrong with the Police Dept, DPP office and the Court/Justice system, that they the police were in hot pursuit of this individual, certain parcels of alleged illicit drugs were confiscated on the crime scene where he was arrested and he was charged for all of the above, then, suddenly out of left field, there is a null pro, This has got to be a joke, or a serious comedy, ” different strokes for different folks” or different coke, for different jokes.

  7. rootsman says:

    Sounds like evidence was tampered with might have been a switcheroo, I cannot imagine that this was not discovered until the day of court how could the police hold evidence for this long without knowing that they have the right stuff, how could this trial even been brought to court without the verification of the evidence I think that the public is being pacified here with the violation of parole issue.

  8. Cutty Ligiyaba says:

    WITZ Was Wishing Ways What Worthless Watching Wished Wayward Wolves Worth What

    Was-Worthless, Wrath, Widened , What ,Wasted, wicked

    Witches/Wizards—————————————————————————— for this I’ll take every

    drug offender off the hook——-You cannot commit a man to jail for crimes of drug possession

    or distribution in Belize———-Belize is at a turning point ——————leave the STREET DRUG

    DEALERS ALONE——————-they are good bussiness men— KEEP SELLING WEED—- it

    should be FREEE— I did not wake up this morning and smoke it but I’m for it—why?—with all

    these drugs on the controll market –I do not find it offensive or even ghetto or even backward

    thinking because you can get HEROIN at hospitals and COCAINE and some more TKO

    chemical JUST FOR YOUR USE–Which Was Wasted When We Went Wrenched—— Who

    possess the power to import NOZEBLEED— I call it sea wash up–Some call it real

    money—any wayZ –Belizeans have been using COKE for a long time and they can burglarize or

    use the COOL OFFICER In charge Of Evidence Storage Room to change the evidence around

    —case in

    POINT

    –TURN COKE TO FLOUR WITH BAKING POWDER—and benefit from the hard work of

    honest cops—–DAMN —LIGIYABA— is

    happy to be out of that category—ITS A DAMN DISGRACE MAN….LOL

  9. Incredible says:

    This man has been dealing drugs all his life. Police have a lot to answer, I know believe a story I was once was told. In San Pedro, whenever there is information on a “wet drop”, Police is the first to arrive interested in getting the drugs even on “credit”. These drugs end up on the street, so sad.

  10. Proud says:

    Clearly the packages were switched. Shame on the Prosecution and the police involved. They should be investigated.

  11. Earl Grey says:

    SOMEBODY GOT PAID A LOT OF MONEY…………. UNDER THE TABLE!!!

  12. Jessica says:

    pattern here anyone???????????????

    We need to check with the person that test the stuff, this is about the 3rd time the white stuff was tested and it turned out not to b coke…………….. just my 2 cents

  13. Proud says:

    Why would someone be carrying packages of flour similarly wrapped like drugs in the first place? Penalty should be stiff on him since he, apart from dealing drugs, cons people and sells them flour for drugs.

  14. Cutty Ligiyaba says:

    I WILL …. ANY BAD BOY BELIZEAN THAT REACHES THE USA—don’t thread on my thread,

    And I

    MY BELIEF—-this is the third entry————-LIGIYABA is ABOUT TO HATE

    YOU———————–JUST AS HOW YOU HATED HIM—LIGIYABA —-IS AN ORGANIZATION

    DESIGNED TO ENRICH ITSELF BECAUSE OF YOUR IGNORANT TREATMENT–IT’s GETTING

    VIOLENT—–I CAN’T TURN ANY MORE CHEEKS FOR YOU TO SLAP—AS PER JESUS AND

    THE PEOPLE WHO BROADCAST HIS SHORT LIFE— JEWS ARE ALSO VICTIMS DUE TO LACK

    OF INTEREST IN JESUS–I DON’T CARE FOR JESUS MYSELF–THAT DON’T MEANS I WILL

    KILL CHRISTIANS—christians have been killing themselves forever——ALLAH AKBAR—God Is

    Great–Happy that I Can Be Of SOME USE IN SHA ALLAH TOWARDS WAYWARD PEOPLE.

    AMERICA has made it place amongst the greatest of nation in history and I am happy to be a

    citizen—BELIZE IS REALLY NOT OLD NEWS–I can creep up on any Bad Man–just as they can

    do to me and

    BLAST MY BRAINS AGAINST ANY THING–I love to be killed against the wall–I prefer to be shot

    and killed—-THATS THE SAME WAY MOST OF YOU THAT HATED —LIGIYABA —is GOING TO

    END UP-

    Believe that……………………………………………………………………………………………………I was once arrested

    In BELIZE because my boss thought that I had sex with his wife—Who should Have Been

    Checked ladies and gentlmen?—the wife or the no good husband—cheater or ex fling is not

    included in this debate….

    NO MORE CHEEKS FOR YOU TO ……. SLAP_———————————–

  15. Cutty Ligiyaba says:

    BESIDES A PIG–COP–POO POLICE AND ANY ARRESTING AGENT ( thats me) CAN OBTAIN A

    CERTIFICATE OF PROOF on any named substance within the time limit of the detention—

    72hrs–I’ve kept crooks in jail longer–lol——————SORRY GUYS___I DID NOT ASKED THE

    dreaded QUESTION why? POLICE MEN are learning at an alarming rate that there is no

    reason to arrest or even bring to question any matter that is questionable in different nature—–

    NAMELY—WEED POSSESION or Little JAY WALKING OR BICYCLE DOUBLE UP PLUS JAY

    RIDING—- anyways PIGS—please be lite on the citizens of BELIZE–Cant you see there

    HURT–I once was ABUSIVE—I have beeen in REHABILITATION SINCE 1999———–Thank

    GOD FOR THE USA——ALLAH AKBAR—and any other shout out to any other faith even the

    DREADED DUGU,,,,,,,,,lol

  16. Proud says:

    Cutty Ligiyaba….I think you need a psychological evaluation. You’re in the Great USA, more than likely you can get it done there for free. I guess you have taken too many drugs….ur brain seems to be failing…u talk lotta crop.

  17. belizeanpride says:

    this is rediculous mein, what the hell happen to the investigators, if it wasn’t cocaine then explain to us the public what was the substance inside. do they think we’re so dump to take that lie like if we don’t know how corrupted the law enforcers are nowadays. Damn!!!

  18. macal rivera says:

    WOW!! SHame on the police Dept.
    MAYBE IT GONE AWAY LIKE WAN LEE BREEZE,

    MAYBE IT ARTIFICIAL DRUGS

    MAYBE ONE A DEN BAD SPIRIT INHALE ALL OF IT OR

    MAYBE THE GUATES CAME OVER THE BORDER AN RAID THE POLICE WHILE THEY WERE SLEEPING AND GONE WITH IT.

    HE HE HE SHAME ON THE POLICE DEPT.

  19. rastamanforever says:

    Cutty Ligiyaba…… stay away from illegal drugs…deh thin di do yu bad……

    You cant even differentiate between heroine & morphine….. that’s what you get at the hospital…..

    Please go to rehab. for your own good brethren….

    Witz is a good example that key police officers have a price……… I hope someday they will be able to revive a corpse from the morgue when the price is right….. they seem to have miraculous powers….. Jah converted water to wine…… Police officers convert cocaine to flour!!!!

  20. Elgin Martinez says:

    Ok you idiots the substance didn’t tested positive so can Rodriguez and the DPP tell the Belizean people what that substance was?What the E are you all taking us for?You all are no different than the criminals that are roaming the jewel.No wonder the murder rate is at 99.

  21. Cutty Ligiyaba says:

    I respected the fact that you capitalize my name –PROUD & RASTAMANFOREVER———-

    believe

    me I’m a zillion times smarter than you both in any given amount of lifetimes—you are treating

    this matter with a neonanderthal ( hope I spelt it correctly) style of NO MORE

    existences———BY the way

    they were later traced at that GIBRALTER area—d-#### you for talking bout my drug habit—-

    The Question Is—Can you get from infront that computer and do something better—I can hire

    you to do

    some file work —trust me you would love us—– Plus you would be in an drug free environment

    where politics and the culture of different countries ends up with great respect for each other—-I

    love you guys—JST HP YH LV ME ——-LIGIYABA

  22. Stephen says:

    Whenever they have case like this, it should be mandatory to have a couple of JP’s present when test on the spot so that they can all testify on the contents as to what it is. Also they should amend the law to test on the spot and destroy where the test along with pictures be admitted as evidence in court. We have too much crookedness going on so we need to have a DEA present or have the US Embassy secure the drugs until the case tried. By the way only people with big money escape the prison so it is time to let all the street small persons go. I hate drugs but if it is good for the geese then good for the gander. All those who was involve in that particular case should be FIRED forthwith.

  23. Robert says:

    Maybe it was ALL PURPOSE flour???

  24. beemtheman says:

    they should check wich cop got biger house or better car or got some nice jewelery for his wife or girlfriend in last 2-3 month thats the one who switched ….
    they damb inough ,they wont hide….

  25. beemtheman says:

    and Ligiyaba you are mental ,get help…or just kill your self….

  26. Jessica Montegrado says:

    il tel you something. this would seem like the police cleaned the cocaine but nah i think it sthe forensic department. i believe its the forensic technician that jacked the drugs and got paid fu do it. do u ever stop and think that ppl always blame the pol and the laboratory is never questioned? what would happen if it is taken to another laboratory? do anybody ever question the laboratory? someone told me that there was a coke addict working there. maybe he held fu snort it all up

  27. Cutty Ligiyaba says:

    BEEM——–could you just agree with me after all—you’ve been hurt and you need a

    friend—-WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE JAILED FOR HAVING FLOUR DESIGNED TO BE COCAINE

    POWDER———————-NOOOOOOOOO—-There is still a charge for your mischief though—-

    Belize Cops must start charging on both accounts—BEEM—people have family and friends–I

    can wire you $20,000 because you’ve been a good dude / relative/ conspirator/ or just a case of

    good benefactorship—I love you—not—–however since you’ve dabbled in the comment of the

    self endured existence of people–{Namely your commentator -Mr. Ligiyaba}—-I WILL WISH

    YOU FAREWELL___HOPE TO MEET YOU IN ANOTHER LIFE AS MY SUBJECT…

  28. Gadfly says:

    This has happened many times before. Clearly, the police or someone at the police station switched the drugs for flour or some white substance. Not only did they get paid to do it, they had 5 kilos of cocaine to sell on the street or even possible returned it to Witz.

  29. EMS says:

    What up Mr. Minister of Police, what’s your role in this? Fire the Compol, Fire the DPP, time for Leadership change!!!!!!! This is Leadership crisis big time!!1 The current Adminstrators of good Governance ought to be ashame!!! Furthermore, we have the immigration situation, brewing ,….plane load of invisible China-Men. What up Mr. Prime Minister!!!! It is all looney Tunes, “Goofey” for Primeminister…….Thats all folks!!!!

  30. lrnzG says:

    lies!

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